Queen 'asks Meghan Markle mother Doria to Christmas at Sandringham'

Meghan and her mum Doria Ragland are said to have a close relationship

When the royal baby news was revealed in October, the grandmother-to-be was said to be "very happy about the lovely news" and looking forward "to welcoming her first grandchild", according to a statement from Kensington Palace.

The House Of Windsor have previously arranged for the Duchess Of Cambridge's family to join them at church on Christmas morning but they did not stay at Sandringham.

Queen Elizabeth has invited Meghan Markle's mother to spend the holiday with the royal family at Sandringham, according to The Daily Mail.

A source adds, "It's a mark of the Queen's respect for Meghan and an acknowledgment that she doesn't have any other relations in this country - unlike Kate, who has the support of a very close family".

Sources said that after Doria, 62, flew from LA to London to join Meghan, 37, and Prince Harry, 34, to launch her charity cookbook "Together" in September.

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Mr Markle was due to walk his daughter down the aisle but pulled out at the last minute after it emerged he had staged paparazzi pictures in the days prior to it.

He later said he had apologised to both Harry and Meghan and denied staging the shots for money, insisting they were taken in a bid to "change his image".

Doria introduced herself to guests on the day as "Meg's mom".

A source tells ET that Meghan's mother, Doria Ragland, is expected to spend some of the holiday with her pregnant daughter and her son-in-law.

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's first holiday as a married couple is sure to be a memorable one.

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